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The "Influence of Drugs and Insanity" Paper The Influence of Drugs and Insanity on Pink Floyd Perry Friedman Schlapbach Writing for the Sciences March 3, 1987 Pink Floyd was the first true psychedelic rock band to emerge from England. Formed in the late sixties, the band underwent several stages. Under the leadership of Syd Barrett, the band reflected the psychedelic and fairy-tale motifs characteristic of "acid" rock. Indeed, Syd Barrett was a heavy user of LSD, which contributed to his demise as leader of the band. After many years of drug use, Barrett left the band and was institutionalized for a short time. After Barrett's departure, Roger Waters took charge of the band. With Waters in command the band began to change its style. The band's later career was marked with theme albums confronting various societal problems, always with pessimistic undertones. However, even as the band changed style, its music still reflected the influence that Barrett's drug use and resultant insanity had on Waters. Keith (Syd) Barrett (born January 1946), George Roger Waters (born September 6, 1947), Rick Wright (born July 28, 1945), and Nicky Mason (born January 27,1945) comprised the original Pink Floyd. David Gilmour (born March 6, 1947) later replaced Barrett. Barrett, Waters, and Gilmour attended Cambridge High School for Boys together where they began their long-lived friendship. All of them were interested in music from the start and Waters, Mason, and Wright first came together as a band under the name Sigma 6. They later changed their name to The T-Set, The Abdabs, and even The Screaming Abdabs. However real success did not come until Waters brought in Barrett. Barrett named the group after Georgia bluesmen Pink Anderson and Floyd Coucil. He called the group group The Pink Floyd Sound (The Illustratrated Encyclopedia 181). From the beginning the group earned a reputation for impressive shows and great concert effects. Their use of a light show in a 1967
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concert was the first ever by a British rock band (The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia 373). In a concert in 1966 they projected moving liquid slides over themselves and their audience. Later they invented a process for creating 360 degree sound and a device known as the Azimuth, "a sort of joy-stick device for projecting sound around a hall" (The Illustrated Encyclopedia 182). On May 15, 1970 they "did a two-and-a-half-hour star-billing set at a Crystal Palace Garden Party complete with fireworks and a 50-foot inflatable octopus which rose from the lake ... Unfortunately, the volume of the speakers killed the fish in the lake" (The Illustrated Encyclopedia 183). Indeed they continued to present more impressive special effects each tour, culminating with the mammoth productions on The Wall tour. Syd Barrett was the leading force behind the band for its first few years. Barrett possessed a unique style which influenced Floyd for years to come. Richard Cromelin wrote in biographical notes for Capitol/Harvest Records, the rather wiggy Barrett had developed into the creator of a style as
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